Memorial Weekend Ready

Memorial Day is just around the corner and I’m so looking forward to that 3 day weekend.  A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to explore Seabrook Island and fell in love with The Beach Club.  Conveniently located near Freshfields Village me and the fam did some shopping to make sure we were ready for some pool and beach action.

We stopped by Vineyard Vines to deck out the family in swimsuits.  You can’t go wrong with gingham and I love the retro high waisted look.  I picked up this scarf from Beija Flor to wear as a sarong, but turned it into this turban.  I’m trying to grow out my bangs so this is the perfect solution for that awkward growing out phase.

Black & White Gingham Tie Front Bikini Top $65 from Vineyard Vines,  Black & White High Waisted Gingham Bottom $60 from Vineyard Vines // Scarf worn as turban from Beija Flor at Freshfields Village // Sunglasses from Sunglass L.A.

Boys Marlin Out Of Water Chappy Trunks $34.99 from Vineyard Vines

Boys Pieced Chappy Trunks $55 from Vineyard Vines

My boys favorite shop in Freshfields Village is of course Wonder Works Toys. They can spend hours in there testing out all of the toys.  The shop was fully stocked up on water toys and pool floats like this watermelon.  Sebastian enjoyed his slice of heaven.

Sebastian was also loving this surfer girl from Wonder Works Toys.  It doesn’t matter how you flip her, she always lands on her board and floats right side up.

These super light weight pants from Tina Stephens are perfect for throwing on after the beach or pool.  They just opened up in in Freshfields Village  and carry both their signature seamless shirts and other brands.

Follow Freshfields Village for their summer events because they always have something going on.  Every Friday this summer is Music on the Green from 6-9pm, and this Friday is Java Band. They play party favorites from R&B, Hip Hop,Rock, and Motown.  I know I’ll be spending a lot of time out there this summer, and I hope you get to explore the John’s Island, Kiawah, and Seabrook area too!

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Wild Dunes Weekend

This past weekend I had the opportunity to stay at Wild Dunes Resort with my boys and we had the best time ever!  I already feel lucky to live in a place like Charleston where you can easily live like your on vacation.  If you do live in Charleston you know what I mean, but it’s also nice to actually getaway from your normal routine.  I love escaping to Wild Dunes because you feel like your transported to some far away remote island, but your really just in Isle of Palms.  What’s that, a family vacation without the hassle of jumping on a plane or driving for several hours?  Sign me up!

The beautiful thing about Wild Dunes is that you can cater your experience to whatever you want it to be.  If your an active group like us you have to take advantage of the clay tennis courts, golfing, biking,  swimming in the ocean and pools and an eco-tour to Capers Island.  If we had more time we probably would have done some of the other water activities like jet skiing, paddle boarding, and parasailing. Because let’s face it, seeing the Lowcountry from the water is always on a whole nother level.  If you want a more chill experience you can take a spa day and have dinner delivered to your room.

I always like to get acquainted with the place that I’m staying at by exploring the grounds.  The pool is always a good start at Wild Dunes, especially when there’s 5 to choose from.  They’ve got it all from an olympic sized pool, a kid friendly pool with a large shallow area, the adult pool with cabanas, and 2 pools next to the beach with a bar that stocks every frozen drink you can imagine.  You can also get all the adult frozen drinks without alcohol like my favorite, the “Miami Vice” which is a mix of Pina Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri.

Beach Caftan Cover Up – Little Palms $70 and Silk Scarf – Little Palms $122 by The Blush Label (Use Curator15 at checkout and recieve 15% off of your purchase!) // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Jewels from Gold Creations // Hari Mari Scouts flip flops $64.95 from Nordstrom

With so many different accommodations to choose from, the possibilities are plentiful.  You can feel like your living at the Dunes if you opt for one of their villas, homes, condos, or a penthouse.  Or if you want that hotel feel you can stay at The Boardwalk Inn or The Village, which is where we stayed.   I loved just walking downstairs and grabbing a snack or water at Hudson’s Market.

This is actually the best time to visit Wild Dunes Resort because it’s off season.  Not everyone might agree with me, but I think we’re lucky that we can enjoy the summer weather through October.   Because I love sharing my fun experience with everyone I’m teaming up with Wild Dunes Resort on a special deal.  Guests who book a minimum of two night stay using the special code CURATE will receive $100 off, valid for all stays through October 31st.  Now don’t just sit there, book that getaway you’ve been wanting to do with your family,  your significant other, or your girls weekend.

It’s impossible to fit everything we did in one post so stay tuned the rest of my Wild Dunes recap!

Hibiscus one piece in Azalea $165 by Citrine Swim // Turkish Towel $32 by Charleston Weekender (use CURATOR20 at checkout for 20% off) // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Frances Cabochon stone earrings $495 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, Mani & Pedi from Mylk Bar

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Wild Dunes Weekend

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of staying at Wild Dunes with my family for Father’s Day, it was the ideal getaway and staycation for all of us.  Anywhere that has a pool, refreshing drinks and great food is a recipe for the perfect weekend.  Our first stop of course was the pool.  There are 4 pools to choose from and we checked out the Boardwalk Inn pool first.  The kids loved it because it had two areas with a walkway bridge that you could swim under.  The cabanas are perfect to grab some shade and take a nap.

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Me and my boys wore our new swimsuits by Surania, an online company that let’s you customize your swimsuits.  They loved playing fashion designer by picking out their patterns and style of shorts.   Sebastian has been sporting his euro mankini look all summer long!

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The pool was perfectly located behind the Boardwalk Inn and led out to the boardwalk where the ice cream shop was strategically placed. We pool hopped going to the Grand Pavilion Pools next and eventually to the beach. We felt like we were thousands of miles away staying at a resort in the Caribbean, not just 30 minutes from our house.

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I didn’t realize how many different places you can stay at from hotels, condos, cottages, and vacation home rentals. We stayed at The Village at Wild Dunes, where we had everything at our fingertips.  They have a grocery market, The Lettered Olive restaurant, fitness center, and spa which was so convenient.  At night their fire pit lights up and you can roast marshmallows while you relax in an adirondack chair.

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Wild Dunes has so many activities to do you would have to stay a whole week just to take advantage of it all.  From golfing, tennis, basketball, bike rentals, boat tours, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, waterskiing, banana boats, and fishing there’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy.

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  I can’t believe it took me so long to experience Wild Dunes, I look forward to coming back to check out the fun events they have all year round.  Stay tuned for more fun experiences as we explore the property and our delectable dinner at Coastal Provisions.

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Trikini $54.50 by Surania // Bikini by Citrine Swim from Drift // Java moon crescent necklace $142 by Kate Davis //  Sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // Pink flamingo float $19.99 and Ice cream sandwhich pool float by Bigmouth Inc. $29.49 from Amazon

On Sebastian: Kids boxer waist swimsuit $20.36, On Mateo: Kids classic waist shorts $33.96 by Surania

Photography by Libby Williams

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Made in the Shades

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Wondering about the sunglasses I’ve been wearing a lot on my blog lately?  They’re Blue Planet Eyewear and the socially responsible company makes eco-conscious frames that also gives back to those in need. Their stylish frames are made with bamboo and wood giving the modern design an organic edge.  Being philanthropic is a huge element in the Blue Planet Eyewear mission by working with global partners such as SEE International, Feed the Children, Best Day Foundation, and Direct Relief. Through the sales of their sunglasses they have donated over 150,000 pairs of sunglasses and eyeglasses to people in need around the world.  If your a Charleston local, you can shop the entire collection of readers and sunglasses at Henry & Eva.  I love this Mt. Pleasant boutique because it’s a one stop shop for men’s and women’s accessories and gifty items.  The best part is that the average price of their sunglasses are only $45, not bad for looking good while doing your part to give back.

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Magnum Dress by Ruby Ya Ya $152 and Flip Flops in Beach Pearl by TKEES, $50 from  7 Gypsy // Blue bikini by Eres $324 from Bits of Lace // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva // Anguilla custom opal ring $178, Seminyak Crescent necklace $176, Atoll cuff $210 by Kate Davis // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman 

Amanda wears Floral Shorts by Willow and Clay $64 and Enchanting Eve Choker in white by Heather Kahn Jewelry $39 from  7 Gypsy // Blue bikini by Eres $324 from Bits of Lace // Tova sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $35.95 from  Henry & Eva // Python sandals $189 by Taxidermy

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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Sun Seekers

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The official start of summer is here and Bits of Lace is celebrating it with an exciting in-store event tomorrow featuring an exclusive 15% off swimwear sale, food, drinks, and more! Usually known for their massive selection of fine lingerie, they also stock up on beautiful swimwear in the warmer season.  

This Saturday there will be music by DJ Kilgo, popsicles from King of Pops, burgers from Stars Rooftop & Grill Room, beer from Southend Brewery, and giveaways from Nectar SunglassesAlso, for every $100 you spend in store June 20-24th you will earn 1 entry into a raffle to win an Eres beach bag full of fun surprises valued at $500!  The party is from 1-5pm at 453 W Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant.

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Kawai red patterned one piece swimsuit by Eres $346 from Bits of Lace // Sunglasses $24, sandals by Dirty Laundry $38 from House of Sage // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250 from Gold Creations // Luxe Crescent necklace $68 and Beqa Cuff $145 by Kate Davis

On Amanda: Ivory beaded kimono by Kalypso $129 from 7 Gypsy // Happy yellow piece swimsuit by Eres $509 from Bits of Lace // Sunglasses $24, sandals by Dirty Laundry $38 from House of Sage // Atoll cuff $210 by Kate Davis // 14k gold dome ring $120 from Gold Creations

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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Boat Life with Holy City Sailing

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Taking a boat ride on the waters of Charleston and the surrounding areas is one of the most serene getaways you can have.  I had the pleasure of experiencing one of my favorite rides to date on the Holy City Sailing sailboat with Captain Stewart.  Specializing in private luxury charters leaving the Bohicket Marina in Kiawah, we had a taste of the good life.  The Captain knows these waters well and took us on a sunset cruise as we took in pristine marshes, deserted islands, and dolphins that jumped out of the water as if they were showing off for us.    The comfortable cabin has 2 beds, a bathroom, mini kitchen, and lounging area with a table to dine on.  I heard Captain Stewart also does overnight stays if you really want to experience life on the water.  The sail was truly magical and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an escape with their loved one or a private party with their best friends.

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White top by Flutter by Dance & Marvel $46 and floral skirt by Flying Tomato $58 from House of Sage // Red bikini top by Eres $520 from Bits of Lace // Python sandals $189 by Taxidermy // Padang Crescent necklace $108, Anguilla custom opal ring $178, Beqa shark tooth cuff $145, Cowrie shell cuff $142 by Kate Davis // 14k Gold hoop earrings $385, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold hammered stackable ring $260, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva

On Amanda: Riviera Maya Maxi by Raga $123,  White Sands Necklace by Heather Kahn Jewelry $62, Floppy Hat by San Diego Hat Company $62, Flip Flops in Sunkissed by TKEES $50 all from 7 Gypsy

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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Dandy Does Folly

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We’re bringing you retro cool on those hot summer days with Part 2 of Dandy Boutique’s summer look book shoot in Folly Beach.

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On Abi:  Green Blouse $65, Matching Green Skirt $70 by Kling //  Hello Sunshine Sandals $46 by Loly in the Sky // Fringe Necklace $42 by Tiny Tassle

On Anna:  Yellow Blouse with Blue Collar $78 by Kling, Geometric Daze Pattern Skirt $40 by Everly // Shoes by Loly in the Sky //  Fringe Earrings $18 by Tiny Tassle //  Straw Purse by San Diego Hat Co $68

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Blue Gingham Dress $88.00 and lemon clutch $52 by Kling

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Polka Dot Midi Dress $74 by Kling //  Fringe Earrings $18 by Tiny Tassel // Straw Hat with Black Band $48 by San Diego Hat Co. // Bag $99 by The Charleston Weekender //  Star Wedges $68 by Loly in the Sky

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On Abi: Safari Blouse $44 by Kling //  Winnies Western Blue Skirt $78 by Alice’s Pig // Ivory Hat w/ Band $42 San Diego Hat Co.

On Anna: Safari Dress $72 by Kling // Hat by San Diego Hat Co. // Fringe Earrings $18 by Tiny Tassel

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Black bathing suit with low back $68, Tic Tac Toe Skirt $62, and watermelon purse $52 by Kling // Lady Bug Sneakers $48 by Loly in the Sky // Color Studs $24 by I Crave Jewels // Pink Headband $20 by Ban.do

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Cactus Blouse $48 by Kling // Denim Shorts $40 by She and Sky // Floppy Straw Hat $39 by San Diego Hat Co.

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Photography by Jonathan Balliet, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Makeup by Rebekah Ellie, Hairstylist – Mac Does Hair, Models – Anna Holloway and Abi Rose, on location The Tides Folly Beach, all clothing and accessories from Dandy Boutique 

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